one of the main reasons the Habs have a positive goal differential, and are a better team 5 on 5. I guess.
I know +/- is far from a perfect measure of defensive responsibility but the stat does give us some justification to say we're a better team. Koivu too, who may get more credit for his improvement, improved slightly less -6 in 07/08 from -21 06/07.
Both these guys produce less and have drawn the wrath of a lot of angry fans, but there's an argument to be made that they're actually playing better.
Having the best defensemen is my #1 thing for winning. The Habs of the late '70s had the big three...little wonder they were considered the greatest team ever. Anaheim had Pronger and Neids last year, Jersey always had a good team with Stevens, Neidmayer, etc....
We've been blessed with this so far. The minor injuries that we have seen thus far have been nicely complimented by our depth.
2- Kovalev rebirth
Bar none, our MVP. His point production has not only been over the top, but his leadership has been stellar. Evidence: when that tard the other night shot the puck into our empty net. Who steps up: Kovalev. As well, listen to him in interviews: TEAM TEAM TEAM.This man has realised that he is part of this team, this culture and this movement. Kovalev has finally realised what it means and what it takes to wear the bleu, blanc et rouge. Hats off to him!
Our one trick poney is now a multifront blitz. Our player's skill has really been the catalyst here. We can pass the puck till your head spins or lauch a shot past everyone.
Few thought he was this good. So smart, so smoothe. He seems to relax everyone on the ice. Our D no longer plays on pins and needles.
Althought not the stellar, it has been solid when called upon. So much young talent in between the pipes must make us the envy of the league in that department. And the scary part: they can only get better.
6- Drafting successfully
One word: Timmins :bows:
And finally Carbo's team of coaches has overcome their first year butterflies and seems to be gone and they have taken this group of young men and made them a team.